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“It really inspired me:” Paddle Georgia

April 9, 2010

After 12-year old Evan Newman paddled 90-miles on the Coosawattee and Oostanaula Rivers in June 2009, he turned lessons learned during the family vacation into an award winning science project.  The Newman family, as reported in the Athens Banner Herald, took part in the fifth annual Paddle Georgia event with more than 300 other paddling enthusiasts.  Paddle Georgia is a six-day, fully-supported and catered (think sag-wagon if you’re a cyclist) adventure and educational experience on the state’s mild rivers.  According to Joe Cook, one of the event’s co-organizers and the executive director of the Coosa River Basin Initiative, Paddle Georgia introduces people to Georgia’s waterways with the hope they will “get involved” with water resource advocacy “when they get back home.”

Paddle Georgia inspired Evan to pay attention to the North Oconee River’s water quality and to have some water sense.  For those concerned about dollars, one travel correspondent and paddler determined the trip also offered fiscal conservatives an affordable vacation alternative in lean times.

The sixth annual Paddle Georgia 2010 flotilla will travel 80-miles on the Broad and Savannah Rivers, starting in Elbert County and ending in Augusta.  For more info, direct your browser here.  Folks here at the Georgia River Network hope to see you on the water this June!

-Chris Manganiello

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  1. Rob Douthit permalink
    April 13, 2010 8:24 am

    Candidates for Georgia Governor to Debate Water Issues at UWG

    April 7, 2010

    CARROLLTON, Ga. – The University of West Georgia will hold a forum on Friday, April 23, to discuss the state’s water issues, highlighted by a debate among the candidates for Georgia governor from both major parties.
    The forum, “Legal and Operational Challenges to Water Conservation,” will feature discussions by water experts from across the region and nation, and will include a luncheon provided by the conference.
    The event will conclude with the gubernatorial candidates sharing their ideas for conservation and management of Georgia’s water resources – a key issue to be faced by the next governor.
    Candidates who have confirmed their participation include Republicans Jeff Chapman, Nathan Deal, Ray McBerry, John Oxendine and Austin Scott and Democrats Carl Camon, DuBose Porter and David Poythress.
    The candidates’ forum will be moderated by Fox 5 Atlanta TV news anchor Deidra Dukes and will begin at 7 p.m. in the UWG Coliseum.
    All events are open to the public.
    Members of the media who wish to cover the events can contact Rob Douthit, UWG’s director of media relations, at 678-839-5495 or
    For more information, visit

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